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Join author Don Martin every other week as he has deep dive conversations with experts in interesting, often overlooked fields in a search for meaning and answers behind life’s biggest and smallest questions.

Head On Fire Don Martin

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 176 Ratings

Join author Don Martin every other week as he has deep dive conversations with experts in interesting, often overlooked fields in a search for meaning and answers behind life’s biggest and smallest questions.

    What does the Bible really say? with Dan McClellan

    What does the Bible really say? with Dan McClellan

    Lots of people have lots to say about the Bible. Loads of conspiracy theories exist about it. Whether it’s conspiracy theories about its creation, or lost books that didn’t make the cut, or obscure interpretations seen by a select few as prophecy about our modern world, not a day goes by that someone, somewhere isn’t holding the Bible up to the light and seeing if we missed anything. 

     

    Beyond that, so-called biblical literalism has been the basis of support for a lot of pretty heinous parts of our country’s past and present. From regulating the sale of alcohol to vilifying interracial marriage and queer identity to demonizing immigrants to supporting slavery, supposed biblical scholars have found a way to twist the Bible in such a way that it is a timeless scapegoat for current hatred. 

     

    All of this turns a lot of people off from not just modern Christianity, but of religion in general. Few scholars wish to use their time, energy, and knowledge to combat the misinformation and vitriol online. But, thankfully, my guest today does just that. 

     

    Dan McClellan is a scripture translation supervisor for the LDS church, with a PhD in theology and religion. He ran for the State Senate as a Democrat in Utah. He is a fierce ally of the queer community, a debunker of conspiracy theories, and a Marvel fan. We had a lot to talk about. 

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Why do you study witchcraft? with Owen Davies

    Why do you study witchcraft? with Owen Davies

    Witchcraft and magical practice has been an indelible part of the human experience throughout recorded history. Wherever there are people, there are people practicing magic. It shows up in all sorts of places: tv shows, fantasy novels, and the strange shop on the corner that smells of incense and has shelves lined with crystals. But what if I told you there is an actual, formal discipline of study when it comes to the history and practice of magic?

     

    Owen Davies is a professor of history at the University of Hertfordshire whose career has been spent largely researching witchcraft, magic, and ghosts. He is the president of The Folklore Society in the UK, and the author of - as of this recording - 16 publications on the subject. He is considered one of the world's leading academic experts on the study of witchcraft, and he took some time to chat with me about witch trials, the fact and fiction of real witches, and, of course, Taylor Swift.

     

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    • 57 min
    How do you suffer outside? with Diana Helmuth

    How do you suffer outside? with Diana Helmuth

    Early mornings and late sunsets are a hallmark of the summer season. The extra warmth and daylight is a blessing for many of us that live in areas where it is cold, dark, and wet or frozen for much of the year. It is a time of year that calls many of us to go out in search of high mountaintops or deep canyons, verdant forests, and untouched landscapes. To get back to nature. But getting back to nature isn't without its pitfalls, which is where my guest today comes in. 
     
    Diana Helmuth is the author of How to Suffer Outside, a humorous guide for the beginning backpacker or hiker who would love to experience the great outdoors while keeping the agony to a minimum. 
     
    Diana also graciously sent along a list of organizations specifically operated and aimed at people who are queer, women, or people of color who want to seek out more resources or engage with the outdoors near you! 


    KweenWerk
    SheColorsNature (also great for advice for parents!)
    OutdoorAfro
    BrownPeopleCamping
    LatinoOutdoors
    WildDiversity
    UnlikelyHikers


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    • 1 hr 14 min
    What do you do with a dead body? with mortician and funeral director Temple Ruff

    What do you do with a dead body? with mortician and funeral director Temple Ruff

    Do you want to see a dead body? How about two? Would you like to see 1-2 dead bodies every day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for the next 20, 30, 40 years? If you said yes, you might have what it takes to do the job of my guest on today's episode of Head On Fire. 

    The preparation and care for our dead is not just a sacred rite, or a taboo subject, but for folks like Temple Ruff it's a job. One that isn't without its perks, I mean how much more job security can you get than death, right? Temple is a mortician and funeral director, and today she helps us scratch the surface on what it means to care for our bodies after we're done using them. 

    Temple Ruff is also the founder and COO of Idun Ruth, a nonprofit organization that seeks to help all those in her local North Carolina community who need access to personal sanitation items - such as diapers or menstrual products - get them. Idun Ruth offers inclusivity and anonymity to all. Please consider supporting this important local organization. 

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    6.”How much do marketers know about us?” with Hayley Grant, VP of Strategy, VaynerMedia

    6.”How much do marketers know about us?” with Hayley Grant, VP of Strategy, VaynerMedia

    How much does the marketing industry know about you? You, specifically. Sure, you've heard all the horror stories - or maybe you've lived it - in which you're thinking about Pop Tarts and suddenly you see an ad on social media for Pop Tarts. That's freaky, right? But marketing existed long before the advent of modern technology and still seemed to somehow catch the pulse of what we all wanted to consume. Or did it? Maybe the truth about marketing isn't that it is reacting to what you're seeing or hearing, rather it is shaping it, shaping you. Helping you tell stories of how your life might look if you purchased this candy, went to see that movie, or, in the case of the United States, took this prescription medication. 

    Or perhaps you've seen an ad that seemed so incredibly ill-advised you wonder...how many people had to look at this ad and ignore all the blatantly problematic visuals or ad copy before it was sent out in the world? How many people thought this was a good idea? 

    Hayley Grant is a VP of Strategy for VaynerMedia, one of the country's largest and most influential marketing firms. She sat down for a deep dive conversation about the realities of the marketing industry. There were no topics off the table. We discussed how marketers decide who a product or service is for, how they develop a marketing strategy for them, and how they make us want things we didn't ever think we'd want. We discussed the taboos of pharmaceutical marketing and whether the US should change tactics to match the rest of the world. And, we discussed which piece of media the marketing industry is most like. (Hint: it's not Mad Men.)

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    Help keep the show free and producing regularly by joining my Patreon on a monthly basis. Patrons receive additional audio and video content as well as archived episodes, a private Discord server, and a monthly book club! Sign up at Patreon.com/headonfirepod. Or if a one-time donation is more your speed, you can buy me a coffee at https://ko-fi.com/headonfirepod.

     

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    5. ”What is a death doula?” with Mahlakai Rose

    5. ”What is a death doula?” with Mahlakai Rose

    "Grief is a feeling made of feelings," says Mahlakai Rose, a death doula and co-founder of The House of Grief. We are all thinking about death lately. How we want to die, where and with whom we want to spend our final moments, and what we'd like to happen afterwards. But given how much our lives have changed in the last few years, we're also becoming clued in to the fact that death and grief happen more often than we'd like to think. 

    We die little deaths throughout our lives. Unexpected loss of a job. Moving across the country. The end of a cherished friendship. Mal has a lot to teach us about dealing with grief and demystifying the role of a death doula in both our deaths and lives. 

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    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
176 Ratings

176 Ratings

NamiObssessed ,

Favorite little witchy podcast!

Love his work and his book. Such a fan of his takes and point of view.

Cinnyn ,

Variety

If you live podcasts that cover a broad range of cool topics, this is the one for you! Don’t brings his very inquisitive mind to so many different things. It’s brilliant and never boring!

MamaBgood ,

Happy new year

I’ve been listening to this podcast for years, firelight is smart, witty, and I love him. That being said, the New Year’s Eve episode, the last episode of Inciting A Riot, it’s brilliant and authentic and heartbreaking. And firelight I want you to know, I will still be listening because your honesty and your integrity and your willingness to stop playing the games and be completely yourself is inspiring. I don’t think that your listeners who have grown with you over the years will go anywhere. And I am so proud of you for having the courage to be yourself, Don. Blessed be. Love and light.
Em

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